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Microsoft will cut the price of its HD DVD add-on August 1

Microsoft introduced its HD DVD player for the Xbox 360 last November for a price of $199 USD. The Xbox 360 launched without a high definition disc player, so the USB-based HD DVD add-on gave Microsoft the additional firepower necessary to combat the PlayStation 3's standard Blu-ray disc drive.

Through the end of June, Microsoft had sold over 155,000 of the HD DVD add-ons and proclaimed it the "biggest-selling accessory" ever for a console.

Now, Microsoft has seen fit to reduce the price of its most expensive accessory for the Xbox 360. Effective August 1, the HD DVD add-on will retail for $179 USD. In addition, customers who purchase the peripheral between August and September 30 will also qualify to receive five free HD DVD movies.

"With the price reduction to $179, the Xbox 360 HD DVD Player continues to be the most affordable way to enjoy high definition," said Microsoft's Jeff Bell. "From the beginning, we set out to offer Xbox 360 owners an unrivaled high-definition experience, with a choice of optical discs on the HD DVD format and digital downloads through Xbox LIVE Marketplace -- both of which have a selection of the best content Hollywood has to offer."

Microsoft will highlight the HD DVD add-on price reduction by offering the movie "300" on demand in HD beginning August 14 through Xbox LIVE. Also on deck will be a free download of the season one pilot of "Heroes." "300" and "Heroes: Season 1" will also be available on HD DVD.

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Not a very good value...
By h0kiez on 7/26/2007 9:29:01 AM , Rating: 2
I have a 360 and I'm a fan of it, but with standalone players (HD-A2) pretty regularly available for $199, I'd be inclined to get one of those instead.

RE: Not a very good value...
By CKDragon on 7/26/2007 9:42:52 AM , Rating: 3
The last thing a tech site needs is another 1080i/1080p debate so I won't get into that, but the player that regularly $200 is 1080i. This is 1080p with my Elite's HDMI connection or the VGA cable on any of the other models. I believe component will also output 1080p but it's up to the TV to accept it.

This isn't important to everyone, but it does matter to some.

RE: Not a very good value...
By BPB on 7/26/2007 9:54:48 AM , Rating: 1
I have a 360 and I'm a fan of it, but with standalone players (HD-A2) pretty regularly available for $199, I'd be inclined to get one of those instead.
Don't forget this uses a USB connection and can be connected to any PC. That makes it very appealing to me.

On a related note, I think blu-ray has the better list of movies, and it appears to me that the gap is growing. There are many more movies on blu-ray that interest me than on HD-DVD.

RE: Not a very good value...
By darkpaw on 7/26/2007 10:23:41 AM , Rating: 3
Since I already have Blu-ray through my PS3, I might have to pick one of these up for my media center PC. $179 isn't bad really, I was already considering getting one at the $200 price.

Great thing about Netflix, can get both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray.

RE: Not a very good value...
By zombiexl on 7/26/2007 10:49:31 AM , Rating: 2
@200 I got mine for 160 with a CC $40 off $200 coupon that was floating around so $179 isnt great.

RE: Not a very good value...
By FITCamaro on 7/26/2007 12:17:03 PM , Rating: 2
Yes but this way with that coupon you would've gotten it for $140.

RE: Not a very good value...
By deeznuts on 7/26/2007 12:52:01 PM , Rating: 2
Only if he needed something else for $20 ;)

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